Anxiety Among Adults In America Today

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

– Soren Kierkegaard

person with anxiety uncertain about something

Have you been feeling a bit anxious over the past year? You’re not alone.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) just released a poll, showing a rise in stress and anxiety among American adults, across the nation.

“Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., says the Anxiety And Depression Association Of America (ADAA).1  It affects “40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.”

Anxiety Levels in the U.S.

The poll used an online survey, which included 1,004 Americans, ages 18 and up. The sample population was basically half male and half female and they represented the entire adult population, across the U.S. So, this is a pretty big statement on the state of anxiety among U.S. adults, in general.

The poll measured anxiety levels in 5 domains:

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Politics

Anxiety Score

The score, which is based on a scale of 0 – 100, rose 5 points since 2017, overall. For baby boomers, the increase was even steeper – 7 points, the highest among the subgroups (baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials).

Areas of Anxiety

The different domains yielded different results. People seemed to be pretty equally concerned over their health, safety and finances, but less so regarding relationships and politics.


An interesting finding was the role of insurance, as “people with Medicaid are more anxious than people with private insurance.”

The Numbers in Delaware

In October 2012, the Policy Academy state profile published health findings on elderly population in the state of Delaware.

To measure the Lifetime Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder, they used the BRFSS and asked participants the following question:

“Has a doctor or other healthcare provider EVER told you that you have an anxiety disorder (including acute stress disorder, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder)?”

Here’s what they found:

  • Adults 50-64 = 11.7%
  • Adults 65+a = 7.6%

This would indicate that although adults tend to be anxious in their elder years, the numbers start to drop as they reach the 65-year threshold.

It would be interesting to know if this holds true for the current findings of the APA, too.

Now What?

Based on the results, Anita Everett, M.D., President of the APA, concludes that we “need to reduce the effects of stress with regular exercise, relaxation, healthy eating, and time with friends and family.”

So, if you find yourself among the Americans who are stressed-out and in an anxious mood, you now have another reason to follow Dr. Everett’s advice.

There are, of course, other factors that may help you feel calmer about your health, like knowing you’re getting top-quality care and service. Just make sure you do your homework. You’d want to find a good recommendation. Maybe like these, for Delmar Nursing And Rehabilitation🙂

Are you finding yourself more anxious or stressed than before, regarding your health, safety or finances?

Please share in the comments below.


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The information and advice in this post are for entertainment and informational purposes and should not be viewed as professional opinions. We do not take any responsibility for its content and any action you take based on the information of this post is strictly at your own risk. You should always speak to your doctor regarding medical information and your health.


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